| Jul 21, 2014
| 10:00 PM
In 2008, Victory Gardens Theater created its Ignition Festival of New Plays, a staged reading series of new works to highlight the theater's mission of bringing diversity to its stage through presentation—and possible development of—new...
| May 30, 2014
The way Stuart Dybek tells it, on the night that he decided to become a writer, the moon rose full and bright over Lake Michigan. It had not been an easy decision. His father, an immigrant from Poland who had pushed his way to foreman at the McCormick...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 9:44 AM
PigPen Theatre Co. and playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury will be participants in the 2013-14 Writer's Room, a new play development program with a focus on productions, Manhattan Theater Club and Ars Nova announced on Tuesday in New York. The seven-member...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 8:31 AM
This Theater Loop Showcase video is “Appropriate,” playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' new drama currently onstage at Victory Gardens Theater. After the family patriarch dies, three siblings, their wives, children and special friends descend...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 10:56 AM
Here's something you may not know about Bill Cosby.
"He orders lunch for everyone," Robert Townsend said when I reached him in Los Angeles by phone. "Usually somebody like a production assistant does that. But he will call the restaurant himself and...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 10:19 AM
This week's Theater Loop Showcase is "Great Expectations" from Strawdog Theatre Company. Charles Dickens' classic story of orphan boy Pip and his emergence into London gentility is furiously ennacted by six actors over two hours in Gale Childs Daly's...
| Dec 13, 2013
The year in Chicago theater produced some gorgeous new plays, a stunning revival of one of the most important dramatic works ever penned by a Chicagoan and any number of intimate encounters with matters of import, not the least being the problem of gun...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 4:58 AM
The Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of David Lindsay-Abaire's Broadway drama "Good People," and its lead actress, Mariann Mayberry, emerged triumphant at the Joseph Jefferson Awards held at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace on Monday...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 12:48 PM
After the scaled-back current season, the Victory Gardens Theater will return to full producing strength during the 2014-15 season — which features five shows, including two world premieres and the first Chicago production of plays by Samuel D....
| Dec 18, 2012
| 5:56 PM
As 2012 draws to a close, let's take a look back at the year in Chicago theater. January started with a roar — Klea Blackhurst doing Ethel Merman doing "Gypsy" at the Drury Lane Theatre. Twyla Tharp, an artist who refuses to stop reworking her...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 11:52 AM
"Disconnect," the aptly named new play by Anupama Chandrasekhar at the Victory Gardens Theater, is set in a collection agency in Chennai, India, where smart, ambitious and energetic young Indian workers assume pseudonyms like Jennifer and Michelle and try...